Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, the man who revealed himself as the individual who leaked classified information about U.S. government surveillance programs, is hiding out in Hong Kong and hoping to seek asylum in Iceland.
New York Republican Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism says Snowden "is dangerous to the country" and "should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" for the leak.
"I consider him right now to be a defector," King says.
Newest member of the CNN family is Canadian Late Night talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans. He discusses his new show 'Stroumboulopoulos' which premieres Sunday at 10p ET on CNN.
Apple and Facebook have responded to the revelation that the NSA has been collecting huge amounts of data from tech companies, CNN's Dan Simon reports. People's phone records, emails and videos have all been collected by the government.
On the season finale of "Parts Unknown” Anthony Bourdain samples a new adventure in Congo.
You can see the entire season finale episode of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” on Sunday night at 9 o'clock eastern on CNN.
The White House is pushing back this morning against harsh criticism of the secret surveillance effort recently reported by British newspaper, the Guardian, and The Washington Post. The administration is insisting there's been oversight of the program, and that it's prevented terror attacks.
CNN Chief Political Correspondent and host of “State of the Union” Candy Crowley weighs in on the scope of the fallout. This administration is “getting hit from the left and then from the right, although not conservatives, but more the independents,” she says, “the libertarians who think this is too much of an intrusion on civil liberties.”
Reports that the NSA is collecting extensive phone and Internet data from U.S. citizens have ignited a debate about privacy versus security among government officials and American citizens. Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, weighs in on the controversy.
“If we’re gonna have a debate about privacy versus security let’s have it in the open," Harpe says. "Let’s have some oversight of the National Security Agency and let’s have some oversight on the part of Congress. We in the public need to oversee our Congress much better because they’re not doing their job so far.”
Harper adds that collecting all the data from every American’s phone calls “can’t possibly be useful for link-based investigation.”
Early Start co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin had a double mastectomy last week after discovering she had breast cancer.
She was inspired to share her diagnosis and incredibly brave decision to get the surgery after reading Angelina Jolie's New York Times op-ed revealing that she had undergone the surgery for preventative reasons.
This morning Zoraida joins “Starting Point” via Skype to share the latest on her recovery.
Texas Judge Edith Jones, who serves on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, faces criticism for remarks over the death penalty, claiming minorities are more likely to commit crimes. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbar Star is on 'Starting Point' on the Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in 2009. His family received a letter they believe he wrote from the red cross.
Bowe was captured by Taliban forces in 2009.
CNN's Don Lemon reports on a building collapse in Philadelphia that left six people dead, and several more injured. A 61-year-old woman was rescued from underneath the wreckage hours after the building collapsed. She is recovery from non-life threatening injuries.
Don Lemon is on 'Starting Point' interviewing Jordan Mclaughlin who witnessed the dramatic building collapse, and photographed the whole thing.